New Year is Almost Here

| 12/14/2017 9:08:00 AM

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Mel Boone 

2017 will soon come to a close. Soon it will be 2018, and what I assume most people are or will be doing is thinking about New Year's resolutions.

I openly admit that I'm horrible at keeping any resolution that I make on January 1.  How many years have I vowed to lose weight? I've actually forgotten exactly what year I started that one, but believe me, I still have those 40 extra pounds. It's a safe bet that those extra pounds won't be going anywhere in 2018.

I vaguely remember saying that I was going to mount 10 of my best photographs onto 8-by-10 mounting boards to put into the display case at the local library with my camera collection. Well, I have the mounting boards. That's as far as I've gotten with that project. The upside is that I did manage to follow through with a ham radio display in that display case. The librarians and the Friends of the Library club loved the idea. It did give the local ham radio club some public (and free) advertising, showing that the club is still active.

"This is the year I'll get hired!" was another January 1, 2017 mantra for me. Well, it hasn't happened yet. With all of the paper applications, online applications and resumes, I have gotten a few interviews. I should not give up that resolution yet. There's still about 2 1/2 weeks left in 2017, so there's still a little hope left for that one, right? If nothing else, perhaps I should hire myself out as a dog walker. Both of my dogs have trained me well for that position.

So as I get ready to say goodbye to 2017 and hello to 2018, I wonder what the new year has in store for me. I don't know, but somehow I'm excited and scared at the same time.

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12/16/2017 7:38:29 AM

Response from your comment on my latest GRIT blog post. *****There seems to be some never ending projects at my home too. The basement and both sheds need to be gone through and decluttered. As always, I am good at procrastinating. Maybe I'll find the energy to start tomorrow? Have a great Christmas! Mel Boone ***** Mel, yes, there's always tomorrow. You made me smile. Some times I just have to grit (no pun intended) my teeth and start a project. I some times trick myself by saying, "I'll just do this one little thing. Then I can quit." What happens is when I get started I just keep going and to my surprise much more gets done than expected. I too always have good intentions but some how can be easily distracted until, "Oh, well, just not enough time for that today." ***** Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. ***** Nebraska Dave

12/16/2017 7:23:42 AM

Mel, oh, boy, sounds like me. I gave up resolutions long ago and now have plans. Plans can be changed, delayed, or cancelled. I will say that rarely ever does a plan go according to the plan. At the end of the year I like to look back and see if any of it was accomplished and am usually quite surprised to see just how much was completed. This year is no different. No less than six raised beds were added to the garden with harvests coming from each one. I haven't decided what the plans are just yet for this year. Two and a half weeks left. Sheeesh, where did the year go? I guess I better get started with planning for 2018. ***** Have a great resolution making day. ***** Nebraska Dave

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